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"Aska means ashes. The ashes that you, son of Hades, rule over. You've always wanted a quest; and now you have one. Join the Norseling. Join her and overthrow Hel. Join her and overthrow your father's kingdom. Join her before the ashes blow away in the wind."

Aska is a Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfiction series written by grace.grenade. It also takes inspiration from the fantasy novel Runemarks.

The fic involves introducing the Norse gods into the Percy Jackson universe, necessitating a complex backstory that is being revealed slowly over the course of the story. Described by the author as an 'experiment to see if Nico/OC can be done a little differently', it tackles a niche looked down upon by the majority of the fan community, following the struggles of Nico di Angelo and OC Ayra Sorensen as they are caught in a war between two pantheons of Gods.

Aska provides examples of:

  • Arch-Enemy: The Olympians and the Norse, who have been feuding for centuries.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Norse are all varying shades of this trope. An argument could be made for the Olympians, too, but they're less of a family and more of an empire.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Played straight with appearances (even the females have beards!) although subverted somewhat otherwise; they are greedy craftsmen, but they're all salesmen in a huge bazaar.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Nico carries Ayra like this while she's in shock in chapter 11.
  • Planet of Hats: Alfheim is a world of lawyers, and Svartálfaheim is full of shopkeepers.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Ayra's mother and brother.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Averted. As they do in the Percy Jackson series, all Olympian prophecies rhyme. However, Norse prophecies don't.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Justified, in that the Norse have to be extremely covert. They use Ayra because she's one of them, Nico because he puts two and two together and is majorly involved in a prophecy.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The Olympians deal with the Norse breaking the rules by killing their loved ones.
  • Running Gag: Thank them for your cheekbones.
    • Especially since you're so bloody handsome.
    • And stay away from the pickled herring.
  • Sea Monster: Jormungand.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Greeks hear that if Loki breaks free, he’ll cause Ragnarok. To prevent this they wage war on the Norse. The Norse then free Loki to help them. Fortunately, the technicality of him being freed by someone else means Ragnarok doesn’t come. Unfortunately, it means the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled….
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Customer Complaints and Feedback Form:
    As our members are in an undeviating state of acedia the ripostes to your responses are only being delivered with greater and greater degringolade, and therefore any implemented submitted vicissitudes will be picayune.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Heimdall implies that Ayra is tied romantically to Nico, Nico answers like this for her, while laughing at the ridiculous idea. You can't help but feel bad for her, since (YMMV) by this point you can tell she has a little crush on him.